announced today (May 21/08) that it reached an agreement with East Marine Denizcilik & Turizm AS
to open a franchise store in Istanbul, Turkey
. The announcement was made in a joint statement between West Marine
and Rahmi Koc, chairman and controlling shareholder of East Marine.
The Istanbul store, expected to open in July
, will be the first in a multi-store development agreement for Turkey
. Other locations are being identified on Turkey's Aegean and Mediterranean